ASUS ESC4000/FDR G2 HPC Servers Power Most Energy-Efficient GPU-Based Supercomputer
ESC4000/FDR G2 HPC servers enable project ranked number two on the Green500 worldwide list, reaching 421.2TFLOPS performance
Power efficient hybrid computing performanceThe ESC4000/FDR G2 was picked for SANAM supercomputer usage in fields such as petroleum, aerospace, bioinformatics, weather forecasting, and the simulation of chemical reactions and particle movement. It delivers the latest HPC technology while offering superior parallel processing and extra-fast low latency InfiniBand™ FDR data transfers at up to 56Gbps. Its architecture makes it an excellent choice for heavy-duty calculations and modeling-intensive applications, with the overall ASUS ESC range of products already well-established in finance, virtualization, and high-end scientific uses. The Green500 list ranked SANAM number two in November 2012 for sustaining highly efficient performance at 2.3GFLOPS per watt, or 2.3 billion calculations per second per watt. It ranked number 52 on the TOP500 list in November, reaching 421.2TFLOPS at half the cost of a similarly-powered CPU-only design. SANAM benefits from ESC4000/FDR G2 hybrid computing architecture, which makes the most of combined CPU/GPU parallel processing.
ESC4000/FDR G2 offers greater expandabilityThe ESC4000/FDR G2 presents a 2U hybrid CPU/GPU supercomputer/HPC server. Its flexible design enables greater choice, supporting Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessors and GPUs from AMD and NVIDIA®. It can also accommodate dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 processors on the board at once, and assures high expandability via nine PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots. For cooling, intelligent controls manage CPU and GPU-area fans individually, and to provide easy maintenance, all eight 3.5” hard drive bays utilize a downtime-minimizing hot swap design. ESC4000/FDR G2 energy efficiency gains from the integration of twin 1620W 80 PLUS Platinum power supplies, which are up to 94% efficient to promote energy savings.
QuotesRick Rozalsky, Vice President of Global Business Development, Adtech™ Global:
"When building the SANAM supercomputer, we focused on utilizing technologies that provide continuously improving performance, lower costs, and reduced power consumption in the future. We chose ASUS to satisfy our need for a flexible, global systems manufacturer that would offer us the engineering and development depth needed for this advanced heterogeneous platform. ASUS not only met our specifications and criteria, but we also saw potential for them to assist in BIOS-level development, mechanical design flexibility, and other future product enhancements. ASUS acted as a true partner in every aspect of execution and product supply."
Tom Lin, Server Business Unit General Manager, ASUS:
“ASUS is honored to take part in the SANAM project with Adtech Global to utilize our extreme performance and optimized supercomputers in scientific research. ASUS brings its own research and development expertise to the table, and is committed to providing the best designs for scientific development, research, and applications.”
Hybrid Computing with scalable expansion capability
High density 2U hybrid HPC computing power
8+1 Flexible Expansion Slots
Intelligent System Fan Control II FunctionTo improve heat-dispersion and a stable computing environment, independent smart fans provide cooling for each area of the GPU and CPU, and a dual-fan design for GPU cards provides an extra thermal back-up solution.
1+1 Redundant PSU (1620W 80+ Platinum)The ESC4000/FDR G2 is equipped with a 1+1 1620W 80+ Platinum level redundant power supply with power efficiency up to 94% for energy savings, while the hot swappable design reduces power loss, improves power efficiency and saves more TCO for users.
Onboard InfiniBand™ FDR for Hyper InterconnectionWith an Inifniband™ FDR solution onboard, users can achieve low latency and high bandwidth connectivity for enterprise data centers, along with cloud computing, high performance computing and embedded environments,, all with a data transmission rate up to 56Gbps.
Comprehensive RAID SolutionsThe ESC4000/FDR G2 supports the optional ASUS RAID PIKE upgrade kit. With only a PIKE riser card and a PIKE card, upgrade the server from a SATA to SAS based storage system by re-connecting the cable from the onboard SATA to a PIKE riser SAS port. Users now have flexible choices for multiple storage options!
Complete Server Remote Management SolutionBy installing an optional Web GUI ASMB6-iKVM module, users can have full control of the server with an out-of-band server-based management (IPMI 2.0 standard) and 24x7 real-time remote monitor. Meanwhile, ASWM Enterprise software provides one-to-multiple centralized management including BIOS flash, remote control, power control and asset management through a user-friendly interface. Users can utilize an effective tool with a user-friendly interface to control the servers remotely.
Cutting-edge ArchitectureThe ESC4000/FDR G2 supports dual CPUs from the Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 processor family and with 16 DIMM sockets onboard; up to 512GB of four-channel DDR3 1600/1333 memory is supported. Combined, they provide for a high computing capability that can tackle the most difficult of tasks. Additionally, there are more PCI-E lanes with PCI-E Gen 3 support, which is suitable for systems that require high I/O connectivity and bandwidth and supports more PCI-E devices.
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